Postponed: May Bark About: National Forests on Stolen Lands

This Bark About is being rescheduled because the location will be inaccessible due to snow. Stay tuned for a new date!

What does it mean to describe land controlled by an agency of the federal government as “public land”? How did it get to be this way? This outing to the area around Mt Hood will build on the historical and current context that was presented Bark’s Rad◦i◦cle Activist training series, National Forests on Stolen Lands. We will visit areas of the forest where we can consider the impact of settler-colonial environmentalism and examine our own relationships with this structure and legacy. We will look at the ideas of “wilderness” and “leave-no-trace recreation” within this context. 

Participants will meet in Portland at 9am where they will have the option to organize carpools and drive to the final destination about 90 minutes away. Exact location and driving arrangements will be sent to confirmed participants the week before the outing. If you would like to meet at a location closer to the final destination, please contact Misha to arrange an alternative meet-up location.

We will spend the day moving through in the forest, both on roads and off-trail, walking over uneven terrain, with down logs, possible mud and water. We will make numerous stops for discussion and personal reflection, please come prepared to keep yourself warm and comfortable in the weather.

This in-person outing will follow COVID-19 protocols. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Driving directions will be sent to registrants before the event. If the tickets are full, please sign up for the waitlist. There will be optional carpooling available for fully vaccinated individuals. Participants will be required to wear face coverings and maintain physical distance from others outside their contact bubble.

Questions? Email Misha, Bark’s Forest Watch Coordinator.

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Since the beginning, Bark has offered free, monthly hikes to Mt. Hood National Forest and surrounding public lands. We believe that by witnessing the breathtaking Cascade ecosystem and learning about the many threats it faces, we can build stronger advocates for the protection of our public lands. Our hike leaders are passionate, knowledgeable volunteers who incorporate information about forest ecology and policy with how to get involved in our efforts.

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